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List of Most Popular Irish Dog Names

The Irish dog family comprises popular breeds like Setters, Terriers, Beagles, Spaniels, and Wolfhounds. A name for a new pet dog is quite a tough decision to make, and it is very important to take sufficient time to decide this. A dog's name should reflect both, its personality and physical traits. This Buzzle article provides help with a list of popular names for your new Irish dog.
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Popular Irish dog names
Check out Big Red, a book and a movie which revolves around the story of an Irish Setter 'Red' and a lone orphan boy 'Danny' (Gilles Payant) from the woods; their bonding friendship and the obstacles they come across.
Popular Irish dogs mainly include Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Glenn of Imaal Terriers, Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Water Spaniels, Beagles, and Greyhounds. These dogs are popular for their coats. For instance, an Irish Setter is loved for its mahogany red furry coat, while the Irish Water Spaniels are known for their curly coats. Which is why, taking good care of your dog's coat is something very important. The three basic, but fundamental things to remember are; proper and suitable diet; regular bathing, but not too frequent; and brushing the coat. You could always talk to your veterinarian about important details and additional tips to keep your dog's coat healthy.

Now that we're done with the basics, let's move on to the main topic of discussion, which is naming your pet. We'll start off with the popular breeds, some helpful tips as far as giving names is concerned, followed by a list of names which you could choose from, or even use to get an idea what to name your adorable pet.

Popular Irish Breeds

Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Wheaten Terrier
Irish Wheaten Terrier
Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound
Irish Terrier
Irish Terrier
Beagle
Beagle
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Setter
  • Setters are dogs with long hair, and are especially trained to stand stiff and scent game.
  • Terriers are breeds which were originally used for driving out burrowing animals from their burrows.
  • Hounds are large dogs used to hunt and are extremely good at tracking scent.
  • Spaniels are medium-sized dogs with long, silky coats, and drooping ears.
  • Beagles are again, members of the hound group, and have excellent tracking abilities. They have short legs, unlike other members of the hound family, and long, soft ears.
Naming Tips
  1. Try and look for a unique name, and not the ones commonly used by most people, like Max, Bruno, Bella, Daisy, etc.
  2. Do not name your dog without being aware of the meaning. For instance, naming a brown dog Clancy (Clancy = Red-haired warrior).
  3. Irish dogs, being from a cold region, bear a thick and furry coat. Think about the physical characteristics of your dog before deciding an appropriate name.
Here are some popular Irish dog names and their meanings―take your pick.

Female Dog Names with Meanings

Alexa
Defender of man
Alissa
Noble
Bella
Intelligent
Candie
Pure, honest, sincere
Ceara
Spear
Chloe
Verdant and blooming
Colleen
Little girl
Creena
My heart
Dualta
Dark-limbed
Duvessa
Dark lady of the waterfall
Emma
Whole or universal
Enda
Like a bird
Fennore
White ghost
Fiona
White, fair
Fenella
White-shouldered
Ginger
Red haired, flourishing
Gracie
Grace, love
Glenda
Holy and good
Haylie
Hay meadow
Heather
Flowering evergreen plant
Holly
Plant used for Christmas decoration
Ivy
Faithfulness
Julia
Youthful
Jessie
Wealthy
Kate
Pure, clear
Keeva
Beautiful, gentle or precious
Kayla
Pure
Kelly
War, lively, aggressive, warrior
Lachtna
Milky white
Lassarina
Flaming wine
Lia
Hardworking, industrious
Lulu
Famous in war
Luna
The moon
Maggie
Pearl
Murial
Shining sea
Oriana
Golden
Rosie
Rose
Sadie
Princess
Sassy
Lively, bold
Sheena
God's gift
Tara
Rocky hill
Tressa
Strong

Male Dog Names with Meanings

Ace
One, excellence
Alby
White, fair
Archie
True and bold
Beau
Rich and handsome
Begley
Small/Little hero
Ben
Son
Blaze
Fierce
Caesar
Hairy
Conor
Strong-willed, hound lover
Conry
Hound of the plain
Charlie
Free man
Conan
Wolf or hound
Cleo
Pride, fame or glory
Darcy
Dark one
Duke
Leader
Dillon
Like a son
Donn
Brown
Doyle
Dark stranger
Duffy
Dark-skinned
Evan
Young warrior
Erin
Poetic name for Ireland
Ezra
Helper
Felix
Happy, lucky, fortunate
Finley
Fair warrior
Fergus
Courageous man
Gunther
Army warrior
Gunner
Battle strong
Hogan
Young
Hunter
Great hunter
Ivan
Gift from God
Jasper
Jewel
Jax
God's grace
Jesse
Gift
Kevin
Handsome by birth
Keane
Tall and handsome
Kerry
Dark
Logan
Finnian's servant
Leo
Lion
Loki
God of destruction
Melvin
Chief
Milo
Merciful
Murphy
Sea warrior
Neil
Champion
Nolan
Noble
Oscar
Divine spear
Pluto
God of the underworld
Phelan
The wolf
Quinn
Wise
Renny
Mighty
Riley
Valiant
Rory
Famous ruler
Ryan
Kingly
Rohan
Red-haired
Rufus
Red
Rusty
Red-haired person
Sam
Sun child
Sandy
Protector of mankind
Scout
Vanguard
Trevor
Wise
Ted
Prosperous protector
Zing
Approval or positive enthusiasm
Zadok
Righteous

A lot of factors need to be considered, which could include things like temperament, traits, physical characteristics, etc. Your dog is your best friend, and it should also like the name you give it. You would be using this name to address your pet for the rest of its life, and therefore, it should be soothing to the ear, and not sound too harsh. A discussion with your family while suggesting them a few good names could make your task easier.

Also remember, dogs are very good at catching high frequency sounds; names with emphasis on 'd', 'k', 't', 'th' can be used, so that your dog hears you easily. Dogs sometimes cannot discriminate between similar sounding words, so be careful while choosing names that sound similar to instructions; names like 'Po' or 'Chum' could be mistaken as 'go' and 'come'. Also, keep in mind that you would be calling your dog's name in various scenarios; at home, when on a stroll, in a densely crowded place, or at your veterinarian's clinic. Therefore, make it a point to choose a name that won't embarrass you in public. Happy dog naming!
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Published: July 14, 2014
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The suggestions about naming are very thoughtful considering the practical difficulties a dog may have to face with us. - Rohini [July 14, 2014]
The names and their meanings according to the gender are really very useful and impressive.
The suggestions about naming are very thoughtful considering the practical difficulties a dog may have to face with us.
- Rohini [July 14, 2014]
The article is very informative and useful for people having pets!
Thanks for the details provided about the Irish breed.
- Uma [July 14, 2014]